Last updated: 03/31/15

Sixth Annual Green Tour

  • Free event!
  • Learn how to save water, money, energy and protect the beauty of our world
  • Sunday, April 12th, 2015, from 1 - 5pm @ 10181 Olive Ave., Livingston

First Annual Valley Land Alliance Scholarship

  • The Peter and Rochelle Scholarship, presented by the Valley Land Alliance (VLA), is given annually to a UC Merced student, with a preference to a junior or senior student in good academic standing, whose interests involve the Central Valley as it relates to agricultural land protection, environmental stability, and water accessibility issues.
  • Award amount: $500, Annual
  • Brief (500 word max) personal statement including biographical sketch, professional interests, and goals.
    Application deadline is April 6, 2015 at noon.

Quote of the Month

    “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."

    - Aldo Leopold

Fact of the Month

    Farmers have enrolled a total of 31 million acres in the Conservation Reserve Program to protect the environment and provide habitat for wildlife. Since its inception in 1985, the program has helped reduce soil erosion by 622 million tons and restored more than 2 million acres of wetlands.

News Update

Worth Reading

Educating Ourselves

VLA Special Report

Valley Land Alliance detailed report on the downsizing of our valuable Merced County farmland acreage

Current Water Levels

Qualitative Study of Water Supply and Demand in Merced County

Take Our Quiz

Web Sites Worth Visiting

    Eric Caine's "The Valley Citizen" Web Site explores the nature, environment, history and politics of the Central Valley of California

    Eric Caine is a brilliant and talented writer. He has written many columns for the Modesto Bee and is an English Instructor at Merced Junior College. His insightful and common sense approach to our Valley problems is a welcome breath of fresh air for readers who care about sustaining a quality of life for residents in Merced County and the Central Valley of California.

    Between Friends - Entre Amigos

    Between Friends/Entre Amigos is dedicated to providing the families of Merced County with information pertinent to everyday life. Their goal is to promote ideas, family values and pride in the family through information while supporting the business community and local organizations.

    California Farmlink Website

    California FarmLink works to ensure the future of family farming in California. The future of agricultural production and the viability of productive, diversified, and sustainable farms is far too important to be left to a random process of "marry or inherit". California FarmLink provides a range of services to facilitate a transition from one farmer or landowner to the next generation of farmers.

    Local Choices

    Connecting our community to local small organic and natural farms and ranches in the Central Valley of California, providing information on local farm news, events, healthy lifestyles, the benefits of organics and the farmers who feed us!

    John Holland's Blog: The Hive

    Modesto Bee writer, John Holland, tracks farming news and stories in his informative blog.

    American Farmland Trust: California - Paving Paradise

    One out of every six acres developed in California since the Gold Rush was paved over between 1990 and 2004, concludes a new AFT report, Paving Paradise: A New Perspective on California Farmland Conversion. In all, more than a half million acres were urbanized during this period, almost two-thirds of it agricultural land. Among AFT's other findings: More than 60% of the land developed in the San Joaquin Valley, which accounts for half of California's agricultural production, was farmland of the very best quality. The attached report includes both a database and text that explains and analyzes the data.

    Plumas Sierra Counties: Land Use Information

    18 Different Fact Sheets (1 to 4 pages each) written in layperson terms to help us all better understand aspects of community land use planning.

    Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association

    The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) provides educational and business opportunities for farm workers and aspiring farmers to grow and sell crops grown on two organic farms in Monterey County, California.

    The Story of

    From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.

Worth Watching

Support Us

Help us make a difference in our Valley. Become a member today.

Annual Donation

$15 Student, $25 Individual, $50 Family, $100 Business

Valley Land Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN:61-1496419. Donations are tax deductable to the fullest extent of the law.